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Caledon Farms Embraces GFSI!

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) was established in 2000 and is “a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide.” http://www.mygfsi.com

Caledon Farms has taken the initiative to develop and implement a food safety program under the Global Food Safety Initiative. In 2013 efforts were made to prepare our new facility and train our staff for GFSI certification. We are proud to announce that In February of 2014, we were granted SQF Level 2-food safety certification, a GFSI recognized “scheme”.

What are the benefits of feeding your dog(s) treats prepared in a GFSI certified facility?
Not only should you feel good about feeding your dog(s) treats made from 1-3 ingredients, sourced only within North America, and treats that contain no colours, additives or preservatives, but you will be happy to know that we have added food safety accountability for the entire line of Caledon Farms' Naturals treats.

Here are a few of the benefits:

Senior management and all employees are fully committed to, and trained in, food safety principles that require strict adherence to good manufacturing practices.

  • All ingredients, packaging and finished products are fully traceable.
  • Foreign material detection is established to ensure no unwanted materials make their way into your treats.
  • Full “Hazard and Critical Control Points” plan (HACCP) has been implemented to control for food safety and quality issues that may arise.
  • Separate, dedicated areas of the plant, where temperature and air quality/flow are monitored and controlled, have been designed for both the processing and packaging of our treatshourly quality control checks are in place
  • Regular in-house and accredited third party lab testing is conducted on all our products
  • A rigorous “Approving Suppliers” procedure is followed for all existing and new suppliers
The Reality of Food Safety Requirements in the Pet Industry

With all the food related recalls, in the marketplace, and with food being sourced from many parts of the world, there is an increasing consumer demand to put in place consistent standards to ensure the safety of the food we eat. Naturally, pet owners are also looking for more accountability from manufacturers of pet food and treats. Currently the GFSI initiative has been mostly embraced by processors of food fit for human consumption and less so by the pet industry. One reason for this is that there is little to no food safety regulation in place for manufacturers of pet food and treats.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), for example, “…does not regulate pet food that is manufactured in Canada, and sold domestically. Individual Canadian pet food manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of their products.” http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/feeds/pet-food/eng/1299870750016/1320602183408

The same situation is true in the United States. However, In the U.S., the FDA, under the “Food Safety Modernization Act”, will likely require all pet food manufacturers to develop and implement food safety practices which will be subject to the FDA’s approval. http://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/fsma/ucm298665.htm

In a nutshell, food safety compliance, for the manufacturing of pet food and treats, is completely voluntary. Once implemented, it is a long term commitment which requires annual third party audits and continual improvement. The Crump Group is committed to food safety and quality.

As always, we appreciate your loyal support. This is just the beginning of great things to come from Caledon Farms.

Sincerely,

Margot Crump


We are pleased to announce that on December 17, 2013, The Canadian Intellectual Property Office granted The Crump Group Canadian Patent Number 2 804 800 for our Sweet Potato Chews and Sweet Potato and Liver Chews. While there are other sweet potato treats available in the market, they don’t compare in quality and flavor. Here’s why. 

Beginning with only North American grown sweet potatoes we bake and slow dry in such a way that results in a nice tough chew. You’ll know, upon opening a package, that these sweet potatoes are the real deal! Just one ingredient, huge chew appeal, full flavor and plenty of vitamins and minerals makes this winning treat a favourite of big and small, young and old dogs alike!

In addition to our sweet potato chews, try our newest, patent pending, line of sweet potato treats: Sweet Potato and Cranberry Strips, Sweet Potato and Oatmeal Strips and Sweet Potato and Cinnamon Strips.
Only three ingredients, sweet potato, citrus fibre and either cranberry, oatmeal or cinnamon this pliable chew can be served whole or torn into small pieces for smaller breeds. With huge flavor packed into an all natural, unique treat your best friend will thank you.

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